Enable Midstream and its subsidiaries are committed to constructing, operating, and maintaining its pipeline facilities in an environmentally responsible manner. The pipeline siting process is designed to balance the need for appropriate energy sources with the need to protect and preserve important environmental resources. Working with government officials, resource agency representatives, landowners, and other stakeholders, Enable Midstream conducts surveys to identify the location and extent of specific environmental and cultural resources along the pipeline corridor.
Enable Midstream follows nationwide wetland preservation guidelines and implements appropriate soil erosion, sediment control, and restoration. Enable Midstream also complies with the full range of state and federal rules applying to wetland areas and any other sensitive resources encountered.
All disturbed land areas are graded, seeded and returned as closely as possible to their original contours following construction. Restoration measures endeavor to rejuvenate vegetation. However, Enable Midstream staff continues to monitor the pipeline corridor to ensure that re-vegetation is successful in all affected areas. All restoration efforts are in compliance with applicable federal, state and municipal requirements. Enable Midstream is available to respond to landowner questions and concerns throughout restoration, and even beyond during pipeline operations.
Prior to construction of a pipeline or facility, Enable Midstream must obtain numerous local, state and federal permits, approvals, and clearances. The permits address all of our natural resources - land, air, water, vegetation and wildlife, as well as the interests of the general public. The following permits and consultations may be required depending on the type of project:
- Building permits
- Road crossing permits
- Floodplain permits
- Public Service Commission Authorization
- Oil & Gas Commission Authorization
- Air Permits
- Water Withdrawal Authorization
- Hydrostatic Test Water Discharge Permits
- Cultural Resources Preservation
- Protected Species Preservation
- Wetland, Water, and Navigable River Crossings - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Threatened, Endangered, and other Federally Protected Species Consultations - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- Soil Conservation and Re-vegetation - Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Natural Gas Act or Natural Gas Policy Act Authorization - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)